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Friday roundup of news from LA's mayoral candidates

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti

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Wendy Greuel has a head start on TV ads in her race for mayor against Eric Garcetti.

Here's what's happening Friday in the race to be Los Angeles' next mayor:

  • The Wendy Greuel campaign is on a roll this week, releasing a third television commercial. This one goes negative and highlights Eric Garcetti's vote on digital billboards as well as an oil lease his family owns near Beverly Hills High School. A the time of the billboards vote, the councilman held stock in a billboard company. "Eric Garcetti. In it for himself," the ad says.  (It's worth mentioning that all of the city's digital billboards went dark this week following a court order.)
  • The Garcetti campaign responded to the ad, noting that both Greuel and Garcetti voted in favor of digital billboards in 2006. Also, his billboard investment, which Garcetti's camp says he has since sold, was noted on state and city ethics forms.


LA City Council wants more info on pension investments in gun businesses

This AR-15 style weapon was on display in March at the 7th annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. It's among the type of weapons that advocates of new gun laws want to see banned.

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The Los Angeles City Council is still gathering numbers on how much of the city's pensions funds are invested in gun companies.

The L.A. City Council asked for more information Friday on how much employees' pension funds may be invested with gun and ammunition companies. 

After the mass school shooting in Newton, Connecticut,  elected officials requested the information, but months have gone by and the city council is still looking for answers.

A report from the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System found about $158 million with companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition. The largest piece of that — $151 million — is  invested in retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger. Another $6.7 million is with ammunition companies and $240,915 is with gun and magazine manufacturers. 

It is unknown how much money the pension funds for police officers, firefighters and utility workers has invested in similar companies.


Senate immigration debate distracted by news stories

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing Friday on the newly-introduced immigration reform bill.

Lobbyist Roberto Fierro attended the hearing for personal reasons: He's a U.S. citizen, but as a child he crossed the border daily from Tijuana to San Diego to attend school.

Following this week's introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate, that body's Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the matter Friday. But the meeting was shorter and more lightly attended than expected. Testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was postponed because of the fast moving events in Boston, and committee member John Cornyn of Texas flew home after the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.

The remaining Senators framed the debate over immigration reform.

California Democrat Dianne Feinstein touted the portion of the immigration bill she helped negotiate: a provision designed to prevent farming from migrating overseas by allowing 112,000 temporary work visas. She called it a "good, strong program" that will result in "a consistant supply of agricultural workers for our farmers."


Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel as an outsider, Eric Garcetti's relationship with DWP, cycling in LA

Wendy Greuel Profile

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The Los Angeles Times says Wendy Greuel's position as an "outsider" runs counter to her support of the mayor and most of the L.A. City Council.

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Today is Friday, April 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Wendy Greuel's relationship with City Hall insiders runs counter to her "outsider" message to voters, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Over the last eight years, nearly two-thirds of the council's 15 members were endorsed by Greuel, who appeared in mailers, fundraising invitations and other campaign materials promoting them," reports The Times, which also notes that Greuel supported Antonio Villaraigosa for reelection in 2009.


Roundup of the day's news from LA's mayoral candidates

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Another day, more dueling for mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.

It's been a busy day for mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Here's a look at what transpired on Thursday: 

  • The Greuel campaign sent a memo to reporters refuting Garcetti's attacks at Wednesday's Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association debate. On the subject of the Department of Water and Power, the campaign noted that Greuel did not support spending $175,000 on the DWP's Rose Parade float back in 2003. Greuel's campaign also noted that it was her opponent, not her, who supported water rate increases in 2004. "Eric Garcetti and his campaign made a number of false claims. It’s time to set the record straight," according to the memo.
  • The Greuel campaign also released an online video, "Latinos with Wendy." 

  • Eric Garcetti was endorsed by former L.A. City Councilman Joel Wachs and current State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian. "They join the powerful coalition of Valley leaders who have endorsed Eric Garcetti’s race for mayor," according to the campaign. 
  • Garcetti was also endorsed by the executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune.
  • A political action committee supporting Garcetti began airing radio ads Thursday. The spots will run in English and Spanish.